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Healing Addiction with Yoga


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The 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous
1. The 12-Step Approach to Recovery
2. How does Yoga fit in with the 12-Steps?
3. Tools for Choosing to Live
4. Yoga Postures with Affirmations
5. Learning to Surrender: Relaxation, Meditation, and Prayer
6. Eating Well is Part of Loving Yourself
7. Aerobic Exercise
Recovery Is a Lifetime Journey

About the Author

Annalisa Cunningham is a certified yoga teacher and communications teacher with a master's degree in counseling. She is the author of Gentle Yoga for Healing and Yoga Vacations: A Guide to International Yoga Retreats.


Cunningham, "a recovering person since the night in 1984 when I attended my first meeting for Adult children of Alcoholics," has found solace in focusing on the famous 12 steps, attending support meetings and practicing a yoga-centered health care program that encompasses mind, body and spirit. She doesn't purport that yoga should be used instead of 12 step programs; rather, it should complement one's recovery plan. Drawing mainly on the practice of hatha yoga, Cunningham (Gentle Yoga for Healing) prescribes incorporating the 12-step philosophy into a yoga practice. Readers will learn to concentrate on positive sayings while they stretch into poses. For example, Cunningham counsels readers to contemplate thoughts like "I am calm" and "I am rooted in faith" when they are standing in tree pose, balanced on one foot with arms raised like tree branches. And while hanging forward in a bending pose, recovering addicts should think to themselves, "I let go of all tension, all worries, all anxiety." A 28-day calendar gives suggestions for roughly 10 varying poses each day. In addition to the poses and mantras, Cunningham also includes information on other ways to stimulate recovery, including meditation, nutritious eating and aerobic exercise. Although not comprehensive by any means, Cunningham's book is soothingly reassuring, and offers an inspiring way for recovering addicts to balance their 12-step program with a physical and spiritual practice. 40 color photos. (Nov.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Here is a comprehensive wellness programme that includes a 28-day yoga programme using dynamic affirmations, relaxation techniques, hints on nutrition and lifestyle, aerobic activities, and journal writing. Features 58 color photographs. "An enlightening, easy to read book for 12-Step people who want to enrich their physical, emotional, and spiritual life. Cunningham's personal and persuasive text describes how adding the yoga dimension can enhance program recovery and increase the mind/body connection." Emily Marlin, M.S.W., author of Relationships in Recovery Whether addiction is defined as food, gambling, drugs or alcohol, the third updated edition of Healing Addiction With Yoga provides a fine 21-day program blending affirmations with relaxation techniques, lifestyle changes, and aerobic activities in a package supporting any recovery plan. It shows how yoga can bring mind and body closer to resist addictive tendencies, and it comes packed with first-person insights into these changes paired with color photos of all yoga positions. - Midwest Book Review

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